CARE readies for brewing cyclone that may strike Mozambique again

A storm brewing in the Indian Ocean may form another tropical cyclone and strike Mozambique causing further destruction, CARE experts have warned today (23 April 2019).

According to weather monitoring services, Tropical Storm Kenneth may bring “life-threatening weather” with wind speeds of up to 170 km/h to northern Mozambique, the Comoros islands and Tanzania over the coming days.

Marc Nosbach, CARE Mozambique's country director, said:

At least 700,000 people are at risk within the region of Cabo Delgado if this storm makes landfall as forecasted.

Aside from storm damage, the greatest risk will immediately be from flooding due to heavy rains. Rivers within this region of Mozambique may flood, especially as at least one of the dams is already close to full capacity, preventing flood water from being retained. This will make it almost impossible to distribute aid as roads will become impassible.

The southeastern Africa region has barely had time to recover from the effects of Cyclone Idai, which hit in March and killed more than 1,000 people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Nosbach continued:

This would be a double whammy of disasters. Existing relief resources for Idai are not sufficient as things stand. Due to the funding situation our teams are stretched beyond their capacity and responding to another disaster in Mozambique without more resources will be very difficult, if not impossible. Nonetheless, CARE and it's COSACA consortium partners are deploying an assessment team to areas likely to be affected by the coming cyclone and support distribution of dwindling pre-positioned stocks.

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